Perspective

  • Edward Abbey is an optimist

    "The world is older, bigger and more interesting than we are. Growth is the enemy. Every organism grows to optimum space, then stops." If it doesn't, he says, it's a freak, which means our overblown and overdone technological civilization is headed for a great explosion, followed by collapse. "That's why I'm an optimist."

  • Real reclamation

    The choice by Kennecott and Asarco to clean up their smelters early on rather than be pushed out because of pollution shows that reduced livestock and logging industries can also survive -- but only if they adapt.

  • On playing mouse to a hungry wild cat

    The lion now crouched directly in front of the truck, staring at me ...

  • This race of lemmings built power plants

    Electrical utilities, water agencies, gas companies, nuclear reactor builders and multinational oil giants all share a volatile and difficult future.

  • Fishing bridge must be destroyed

    Since 1976, biologists have attributed 90 percent of Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bear mortality to Fishing Bridge, which contains a 308-unit campground and a 358-unit recreational vehicle park.

  • A feudal mentality holds back the West

    Unless the trashing and privatization stops, the intermountain Rockies will never escape their feudal social and economic situation. Those who now control the land and the land managers don't have a glimmer of how to lead the region out of its downward slide.

  • Environmental leaders stand up for orthodoxy

    Things are grim if you identify the vigor of the environmental movement with the major groups -- but they are not the movement.

  • A rancher argues cattle grazing helps everyone

    Many people misunderstand the role of the rancher who grazes cattle or sheep on public land.

  • Wildlife is preyed on by cattle and sheep

    The desert grasslands of southern Idaho once supported a vast population of antelope, buffalo, deer, elk, moose, grizzly bear and wolves before settlers moved in during the 1840s. Where is all the wildlife today?

  • BLM's grazing program is a national scandal

    A mere 2 percent of the nation's cattle are consuming the Western public lands that belong to all Americans. So abused are these lands that many millions of acres are only one-tenth as productive as in pre-settlement times.

  • The life and death of Rocky Mountain towns

    Sadly for both the towns and for progressive editors, the times are changing much faster in these towns than the local cultures. It is highly unlikely that these cultures can adapt, even though their survival is at stake.

  • How will Indians use their water?

    The only way the Indian tribes can guarantee posterity is to protect and preserve their lands from despoliation, which will require conservation of their water resources.

  • A BLM employee's cry of rage

    Sometimes it seems that the BLM purposely chooses the worst possible field management, or no management whatsoever, in an attempt to attract public attention.

  • 1080 may hasten the sheep industry's death

    If compound 1080 again comes into wide use, the inevitable abuses that will follow could mean the end of livestock grazing on public lands.

  • Can wilderness be saved from Vibram soles?

    Trends in visitor use, lackadaisical management, shoestring funding levels and political motivations have all contributed to a failure to control overuse.